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Single-Serving Crockpot Yogurt Recipe

By Tammy Kimbler


1/2 gallon whole milk

1/4 cup plain yogurt or yogurt culture


Bring the milk to a simmer, or scalding as Grandma use to say, 185 degrees if you’re keeping track.  This heating makes for thicker yogurt by denaturing the proteins.*  Let the milk cool to around 117 degrees.  Over 120 will kill the culture, under 108 will slow down the process.  Add the culture blended with a little cool milk.  Pour the mixture into clean glass jars, leaving a little headroom for mix-ins later. 

Fill your crockpot vessel with warm water that’s around 112 degrees.  You can also heat the water in the crockpot, but I found that warm tap water is quicker.   Load your crockpot up with jars.  Mine easily fit 8, 1/2 pints and 5, 1/4 pint jars with lids.  Check the temp after it’s loaded and adjust with warm or cold water as needed.  I just leave a thermometer in the pot.  Put the lid on and wrap your TURNED OFF and/or UNPLUGGED crockpot in a fluffy towel for 4-6 hours.*  Refrigerate your yogurt for several hours and you’re ready to go.

You can leave your yogurt in the crockpot for longer, but this does tend to produce a more sour product.  You can also use lowfat or nonfat milk, but it won’t be as thick and it will taste very sour.  For a real treat, try making a version with cream or half and half.  Can I say dessert?

*In the mistake department on my second batch of this yogurt, I accidentally left my crockpot on low for several hours with my yogurt starter in it.  (I thought it was off!)  While no actual harm was done to the milk, and I had to add more yogurt starter, it made for weirdly slimy, viscus yogurt.  Edible, but not that pleasant.  So do your self a favor and unplug the crockpot!

crockpot yogurt
yogurt in Weck canning jars
yogurt in Weck canning jars
heating milk to 180 degrees for yogurt
yogurt in Weck canning jars
fluffy towel insulates crockpot yogurt
canning jars for crockpot yogurt

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